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Comet Hale-Bopp, captured by me on a recent backpacking trip
Camera: Nikon N6006
Film: Fuji SuperG 800
Lens: Tamron 90-300mm 4.5/5.6

Current Research

After leaving the Galileo-Heavy Ion Counter team in June, 1997 I found myself with the POLAR-Ultra Violet Imager group at the University of Washington's Geophysics Department, where I am now. Here I'm looking at how the coupling between the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) and the magnetosphere of the Earth (not Jupiter) manifests itself in structures within the auroral oval, as observed by our UV camera on POLAR.

Example of POLAR-UVI image in MLT coordinates, showing a nightside gap
One such structure is the gap on the nightside of the auroral oval which manifests itself on occasion during an auroral substorm. To see an example of this click on the preceding link.

"Non-Technical" Science Interests

In terms of more non-technical physics, or perhaps I should say less mathematical physics, I'm also very interested in the philosophical consequences that fall out of Quantum Mechanics, especially with the questions QM raises for issues such as epistemology and causation. The connection between Buddhist and Eastern Philosophy world views and the description of reality afforded by Quantum Mechanics is also another gedanken experiment that is always in progress in my mind. If anyone knows anything about ADVANCED POTENTIALS and how they relate to causality as we "normally" think of it, and cares to enlighten me about the subject, please feel free to contact me.

My Resume is available here


Links to Galileo Related Stuff


Links to Other Astrophysical, Geophysical, and Atmospheric Science Sites

Institutions in Boulder, CO

Mt. Wilson Observatory

My alma mater: University of Puget Sound, Department of Physics.


Follow the Globetrotting Adventures of Ducky!


Other Random Links to Random Things


You may contact me at the following address:

Damien Chua
University of Washington
Department of Geophysics - Box 351650
Seattle, WA 98195-1650

Office Phone: (206) 543-0208

Last Revised: March 12, 1998